Workers recently completed the installation of a 35-foot-tall golden ring  in a median near Lakeside Mall on M-59/Hall Road.

Workers recently completed the installation of a 35-foot-tall golden ring in a median near Lakeside Mall on M-59/Hall Road.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Giant ring monument rounds out M-59 corridor markers

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published January 28, 2019

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STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights’ construction of Golden Corridor emblems on M-59/Hall Road has finally come full circle.

In mid-January, work crews finished erecting the final large golden ring monument in a median along the corridor, near Lakeside Mall. Much of the installation work involved piecing together four parts of the ring, city officials said.  

The 35-foot-tall monument is meant to be visible along a major stretch of the Golden Corridor, which is another name for M-59/Hall Road, roughly between Van Dyke Avenue and Interstate 94.

The City Council voted at the end of 2017 to spend more than $300,000 to build the large ring as well as two smaller rings that sit atop welcome signs. The city did this in the wake of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s reconstruction of a long stretch of Hall Road.

Last summer, the city successfully installed the welcome signs. But the large ring monument faced delays.

City officials say the markers are part of a broader corridor beautification effort, which also includes planting fresh landscaping, removing chain-link fencing and installing new traffic light mast arms. They say the beautification costs were only a small fraction — under 5 percent — of MDOT’s $55 million road reconstruction project.

The Golden Corridor is a regional marketing campaign and brand that is also supported by the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. The campaign hopes to draw attention to the area and its businesses in order to enrich the region’s job prospects and property values. According to officials, the strip on average gets more than 100,000 vehicles driving on it every day.

While Sterling Heights says it is the first Golden Corridor community to decorate the strip of road with specialized signage, the plan is for other cities to likewise furnish the corridor. The corridor also includes Utica, Shelby Township, Clinton Township, Chesterfield Township and Macomb Township.

At the Jan. 15 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, resident Charles Jefferson said “the big O is going up on Hall Road” and told people not to complain about it anymore.

“You had your chance to do something about it,” he said. “I voiced my opinion at that time that it was a waste of money and we didn’t need it. But it is going up.”

After the meeting, Sterling Heights Community Relations Director Bridget Kozlowski told the Sentry that for every negative online comment about the golden rings, there have been just as many positive responses, including calls and emails that the city has received.

“The city of Sterling Heights has gotten positive feedback about the golden rings; obviously, an element like that, which could be considered public art, people are going to have opinions. But we feel very strongly that it adds to completing a sense of place in Sterling Heights.”

Find out more about Sterling Heights by visiting www.sterling-heights.net or by calling (586) 446-2489.

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